The Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is awarding more than $10 million in grants to support drug prevention programs in schools throughout Marion County. The organization says the funding will impact more than 71,000 K-12 students in over 150 schools.
The 24 grants are part of the foundation’s three-year Prevention Matters initiative, designed to help schools identify, implement and sustain evidence-based substance use prevention programs. Chief Executive Officer Claire Fiddian-Green says the programs funded will "help students decrease risky decision-making and improve their overall health and well-being during a critical window in their lives."
The organization says an adult in Indiana is currently more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident, and believes action in middle and high school is key. The programs supported by Prevention Matters aim to give students the skills they need to navigate difficult choices involving drug and alcohol use.
You can see a full list of recipients by clicking here.